Elizabeth Warren Nails It

Apparently this is a week or so old, but I missed it when it first came down the tubes.

Elizabeth Warren, candidate for one of Massachusetts’ U.S. Senate seats, the one currently held by Scott Brown, recently said something fantastic:

I hear all this, oh this is class warfare — No! There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. You built a factory out there — good for you. But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that maurauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory… Now look. You built a factory and it turned into something terrific or a great idea — God Bless! Keep a Big Hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.

And in case you’re a bit foggy on who Elizabeth Warren is, Wikipedia sez:

Elizabeth Warren (born Elizabeth Herring; June 22, 1949) is an American attorney, law professor, and United States Senate candidate. She served as Assistant to the President and Special Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She is also the Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where she has taught contract law, bankruptcy, and commercial law. In the wake of the 2008-2011 financial crisis, she became the chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel created to oversee the U.S. banking bailout (formally known as the Troubled Assets Relief Program). She long advocated for the creation of a new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which was established by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act signed into law by President Barack Obama on July 21, 2010. As the special advisor she worked on implementation of the CFPB.

On May 24, 2010, Time magazine called Warren, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Chairman Sheila Bair, and Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Schapiro the “New Sheriffs of Wall Street” in a cover story. On September 17, 2010, she was named a special adviser by President Obama to oversee the development of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The position included the responsibility of recommending a director for this new entity. She was not chosen for the post, with Obama instead nominating Richard Cordray, subject to Congressional approval.

On September 14, 2011, she announced that she would be running for the Massachusetts United States Senate seat currently held by Republican Scott Brown.

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  • Nentuaby

    Athe bless Elizabeth Warren. I’m shocked to hear a politician state it so clearly.

  • http://freethoughtblogs.com/bluecollaratheist/2011/09/28/elizabeth-warren-nails-it/ Nomajic

    I hope she is building towards a run for the presidency.

  • athena

    Warren for President, 2016!

  • julian

    Kinda wish I was a Mass. resident so I could vote for her.

    You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that maurauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory

    This is made of win and epic.

  • John Morales

    Bah.

    From the Wiki article: She has taught Sunday School and cites Methodist founder John Wesley as an inspiration

    (Goddist is goddist)

    • http://freethoughtblogs.com/blaghag/2011/09/corralling-the-apathetic-atheists/ Nomajic

      John Wesley was also a leader in the abolitionist and prison reform movements. These were way left fringe groups at the time. (Sadly prison reform is still seen as a radical liberal idea)

      She could do worse for a personal inspiration.

      Elizabeth Warren is an F-ing brilliant freight train of an intellect with the political self control to not allow herself to get distracted by the kind of fights we here on the blogs enjoy.

      Watching her “debates” remind me of the story of how my grandfather lost all but four of his teeth. When he was about twelve, he found that a certain horse would fart, if poked gently in the flank with a pitch fork. This is hilarious to a twelve year old, so he did it again. When he came to, later that evening, his teeth were no longer attached to his gums.
      I once saw her verbally destroy Geitner and Greenspan in about two minutes, using words with no more that two syllables. While she was destroying them, her face was totally relaxed. I could have believed she was actually drinking a cool lemonade and swinging in a hammock.

  • davidct

    She was not so crass as to mention that some of those factories profit from wars that very few of the factory owners’ children have to fight in. Support our troops usually means to pay more for their equipment, not actually joining them in the risks associated with using that equipment. This is nothing new but it has become less obvious with the elimination of the draft.